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Your Library Has A Wealth of Resources and Expertise – Free for Your Students

Your campus library can provide you and your students with access to quality content for instructional uses. Oklahoma libraries begin with a baseline of over 25,000 full-text electronic library materials and 40 databases. Each campus augments their systemwide electronic collection with their own selections of materials. Full-text access to the electronic journals and eBooks can be especially useful in upper division classes where textbooks are not available to cover the more specialized curriculum.

Substituting Library Resources for Textbooks: What Can You Do?

  1. Begin with your syllabus and consider your learning objectives for each component of the course. Are there library resourcessuch as eJournals or eBooks that could be combined as a substitute for textbooks? For advanced classes, you could have your students find the course materials as part of developing their information literacy skills within your discipline.
  2. You can search through your library's catalog and identify the materials to which you have full text access. Begin with a “click” on your library’s web address (to the right). Links to these materials can be put directly into your LMS.
  3. Make an appointment with your reference librarian and s/he can guide you with the power discovery tools available to find resources for your students.

Export Library Resources into Your LMS Course Quickly and Easily

Your library has powerful tools to find e-journal articles, e-books, audio, image, and video files that can become the course materials for your students – at no cost to them. We now have a quick and easy way for you to conduct your library search and then export the references and links directly into your LMS for your course. Your library and your LMS administrator will need to implement the technology (which is quick and easy as well). Below is a PPT that describes and illustrates how this user-friendly services works. 

Looking for Resources to Help Students Improve their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy Skills?

The California State University has organized a wealth of open educational resources and CSU licensed materials that you and your students can use to improve their skills in effectively and efficiently using information and communication technologies. If students are going to be successful using digital content and searching for quality educational resources, they need to practice the requisite skills. For more information see the ICT LIteracy Teaching Commons.

Larry Press, faculty member at CSU Dominguez Hills has a short and simple set of recommendations for Internet reading and writing. You can find more information in MERLOT and make a comment about this resource

Using Library Materials As Alternative To Textbooks

Learn how a California State University faculty member and librarian replaced textbooks with library resources that are free to students and created a more engaging learning experience.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x and 6.x (Windows)
1. Open Internet Explorer
2. Select Internet Options from the Tools menu
3. Click on the Security tab
4. Click Custom Level button located under the heading Security Level for this Zone. The Security Settings dialog box will pop up
5. Scroll down to Scripting, near the bottom of the list
6. Click Enable under Active Scripting
7. Click Enable under Allow paste operations via script
8. Click Enable under Scripting of Java applets
9. Click OK button to save and leave Security Settings
10. Click OK button to leave Internet Options

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.4 (Windows)
1. Open Mozilla Firefox
2. Select Options from the Tools menu
3. Click Web Features on the left side of the Preferences dialog box
4. Click on the checkbox next to Enable Java
5. Click on the checkbox next to Enable JavaScript
6. Click OK button to save and leave Options

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x (Macintosh)
1. Open Internet Explorer
2. Choose Preferences from the Explorer menu
3. Click the arrow next to Web Browser to expand the options
4. Click Web Content
5. Under Active Content, click on the checkbox next to Enable scripting
6. Click Java under Web Browser
7. Click on the checkbox next to Enable Java
8. Click OK button to save and leave Preferences

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